Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera has been found guilty on all counts, according to reports.
As CNN reports:
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord who pocketed nearly $14 billion as the decadeslong head of the murderous Sinaloa cartel, was found guilty Tuesday of all 10 federal criminal counts against him, including the top charge of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.
El Chapo did not offer a reaction during the reading of the verdict and now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
US District Judge Brian Cogan said that the verdict made him “very proud to be an American.”
On his way out of the courtroom after his fate was decided, the murderer smiled and waved at his wife, then blew her a kiss. She smiled back and touched her hand to her heart.
The jury deliberated for about 34 hours over their six-day stint.
Naturally, El Chapo’s attorneys are unhappy with the verdict.
“We are obviously disappointed with the jury’s verdict in the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera but are respectful of the process and the jury’s decision,” defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo said. “We were faced with extraordinary and unprecedented obstacles in defending Joaquín …”
As CNN noted:
Guzmán, 61, was convicted of 10 counts, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, international distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms.
He faces a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for leading a continuing criminal enterprise, and a sentence of up to life imprisonment on the remaining drug counts.
Federal prosecutors said they will seek a forfeiture judgment for billions of dollars constituting the cartel’s illegal drug-trafficking proceeds.
El Chapo was jailed several times in Mexico but escaped each and every time until his last apprehension. Mexican authorities finally tacitly admitted that they were unable to deliver justice to the drug lord and agreed to extradite the killer to the U.S. for trial.
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